Who Do You Think Was Best Dressed at the Met Ball?

Charles James and one of his designs

Kim Kardashian in Lanvin

Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana

Chanel Iman & A$AP Rocky in Topshop & Topman

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss

Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Joan Smalls in Vera Wang

Kristin Wiig in Balenciaga

Stella McCartney

Jourdan Dunn in Topshop

Ashley Olsen in vintage dress by Ferre, Mary-Kate in vintage Chanel

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture

Beyoncé in Givenchy Couture

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Florence Welch in Valentino

Brie Larson in Prada

Rihanna in Stella McCartney

Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu

Katie Holmes in Marchesa

Chloe Grace Moretz in Chanel

Alexa Chung in Nina Ricci

Naomi Campbell in Givenchy Couture

Naomi Watts in Givenchy Couture

Kendall Jenner in Topshop

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Chloé Sevigny in Kenzo

Amber Valletta in Saint Laurent

Janelle Monae in Tadashi

Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney

Charlize Theron in Dior

Shailene Woodley in Rodarte

Dita von Teese in Zac Posen

Kate Mara in Valentino

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Solange Knowles in 3.1 Phillip Lim

Arizona Muse in Zac Posen

Margot Robbie in Prada

Nicole Richie in Donna Karan

Jessica Paré in Michael Kors

Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga

Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli, Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren

Karen Elson in Zac Posen

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli Couture

Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein

Emma Stone in Thakoon

Kristen Stewart in Chanel

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by Leandra Medine
May 6, 2014
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The fashion industry had our version of the Oscars last night at the 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. Leandra kept asking why it was not yet being called the “Anna Wintour Costume Center Ball,” to which kept repeatedly adding, “For People Who Dress Good.” Michelle Obama was nonplussed with the joke.

Hopefully you are.

But if you’re not, the dresses surely impressed, even despite the fact that “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” was quite an act to follow in regards to red carpet theme. This year’s attendees dressed the opposite of stylish anarchists, however, and instead fell in line with the aesthetic of the Met’s new exhibit on couturier Charles James.

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Except for the streaker.

Once you’re able to avert your eyes from this be-loafered rebel’s bright pink package, kindly find your way to the slideshow of our favorite looks above and let us know who you think wins Best Dressed at the Anna Wintour Costume Center Ball for People Who Dress Good. Or, as Leandra also kept calling it because she’s a taco-head: The Guggenheim Ball. (Don’t lie, Michelle. You smirked at that one.)

[See All the Looks From the 2014 Met Gala via The Cut]

REPLIES
  • Katie

    loved Cara, Rihanna, Suki Waterhouse, and Kate Bosworth’s looks!

  • Inkygrl

    Wow, there were some real hits and some major misses. Lena Dunham, sigh. Why can’t someone dress you nicely. Katie Holmes, no. Beyoncé, amazing. Dita von Teese I loved. Just my two cents from here in my sweatpants.

    • laritza

      i actually think she looks nice wearing GV, but i hatehatehate her eye makeup. turned everything into sloppiness.

  • Stef

    Emma Stone stopped my heart for a moment.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I google Emma Stone interviews when I’m bored, I love her.

      • Aubrey Green

        Me too :).

      • Lilli

        Can someone please acknowledge her lip sync battle on Jimmy Fallon!!!!!!!

        • Kristen

          It was amazingg

        • Mari Bardaji

          Best seven minutes of my life!

    • Sully Ann

      Agreed! I feel like cutting my hair every time I look at her pictures. I loved her outfit and her braid <3

    • unvanquished

      I love red heads in hot pink!

  • http://stylecurrent.blogspot.com Ashley Alan

    SJP, obviously

  • Becca Deckert

    Obviously either Suki Waterhouse, Emma Stone, or Brie Larson are the contenders for THE best dressed.

  • Binks

    Beyonce. (and I’m not a Beyonce stan if that makes any difference). It was everything in one.

    A loungey take on dressing up. So so good.

  • AKR

    Naomi Watts, Janelle Monàe, Kristen Stewart, Chanel Iman, from your list. I also loved Gabrielle Union (in Prada) and Karolína Kurková (in Marchesa).

    • Aubrey Green

      Karolina Kurkova = gorgeous.

  • laritza

    dakota johnson, kurková, von teese, lively and (sighs) kardashian. play it safe, score.

  • Sarah Bump

    Cara DeLevigne FTW

    • Sarah Bump

      I spoke too soon, Anne Hathaway!

  • Liz

    1. Stella McCartney for coolest, 2. Emma Stone for being striking in pink, 3. Dakota Johnson for best styling, Honorable Mention. SJP for enthusiasm

  • Kaitlin Corr

    Tabitha Simmons, Suki Waterhouse, BEY (Obv.), and Emma Stone were my favorites. I have to say, I was very underwhelmed by most looks. Definitely a lot of misses/disappointments. And this is off subject, but can we just talk about Kim Kardashian’s face?? Starting to look like a 50 year old woman who’s had too much plastic surgery, leave your face alone girl!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Tabitha Simmons for me too!!!

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Dree!!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Yeah she looked hot.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Also really digging Joan Smalls’ purple lipstick and braid.

  • Leandra Medine

    ASAP ROCKY HANDS DOWN NO QUESTION HELLO WUSSUP

    • Leandra Medine

      I also don’t like the streaker

      • Amelia Diamond

        Yea his shoes are way too “day time.” Inappropriate!

    • Amelia Diamond

      samez.

      • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

        ♥♥♥

    • Lilli

      I literally shat my pants when I saw him and Chanel. Not kidding… anyone who follows me on twitter probably unfollowed me after yesterday. Tears of happiness! Tears!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Fuckin’ yes. He is the light of my life, the fire of my loins. Honestly one of the hottest men I’ve ever laid eyes on. And have you heard his lil nonchalant chuckle in interviews? Ugh ugh ugh

  • Anne

    I keep coming back to Dita von Teese. I wasn’t blown away the first time I saw her dress but it’s becoming one of my favorites of all time!

  • Omar

    ARIZONA MUSE knocked it out of the park… also Ashley Olsen looked pretty dope

  • http://adeliberateimagination.wordpress.com/ CJKEYS2

    true story: had to google if the met ball sometimes happened twice a year because i could not believe how fast a year has gone by since the last one. I really cannot choose a favorite, but Emma Stone made me love a color I never have before!

  • Issel

    Emma Stone is too perfect that it hurts…..I also love Ashley & Mary-Kate, goddesses!

  • elena guidobono

    Well, I’d pick Diane Kruger but since the theme was “White Tie” I’m surprised no man made the list!!

  • Riley

    Jenna Lyons, of course.

  • Aubrey Green

    I love Suki’s dress! Suki and Amber Heard look a lot alike. Charlize is so beautiful, her dress was also beautiful too.

  • leahnoodles

    Um, Zac Posen

  • Elena

    To be honest this year was disappointing; nothing really measured up to last year’s Met Gala. This night it supposed to celebrate art and creativity, and a lot of these choices were what I’d see at an Oscar’s red carpet. However, my favorites were Karolina Kurkova [Marchesa], SJP, Lupita [Prada], and Shailene Woodley [Rodarte].

  • kate

    nicole richie!!!

  • rose

    Love chloe grace moretz’s dress!

  • moldub

    WHY ISN’T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THE OLSENS?? Ashley to be specific. Or is it MK? Which ever one wore the navy goodness!

    • kate

      ashley! yes!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Yeah that was incredible.

  • tonikali

    Emma stone and stella Mcartney.

  • Kristin

    Johnny Depp (I really want to use all of my lifetime allotment of exclaimation points after that and some other peoples cause that is how amazing he does white tie) If I had to pick one of the ladies…toss up Riri vs Emma Stone

  • Cecilia

    Cara Delevigne(!!!), Olsen twins and Dree Hemingway.

  • CarlotaLMorais

    Arizona Muse in Zac Posen! Drop dead gorgeous

  • Kate Wilson

    i was so impressed with so many of the looks! x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • Leandra Medine

    why wont anyone say they liked katie holmes? #belle #of #the #ball

    • sarah

      i just can’t. she was scary.

    • Anna

      I honestly did kind of love it. probably did it for Suri??????? Is Suri even old enough to know who Belle is? I feel like she probably just watches toddlers in tiaras and judges them………..

  • Kelly

    Dree Hemingway, easily

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know she’s one of my top fives too.

  • Elle

    Loved Beyonce, Hailee Steinfeld (that cut!!)… and not pictured above, but who made me do a double, triple-take: Liu Wen in Zac Posen. Beautiful.

  • Thamsa

    I dont know that I’ve ever disliked Naomi Watts’ choices. Even if I don’t think she’s necessarily the best dressed of the night, she always looks beautiful

  • Deborah

    I love LOVE Ashley Olsen’s vintage dress by Ferre. She looked amazing and her dress stood out to me amongst the others. A prime example of a Man Repeller dress. :-)

  • Margaret

    Emma Stone, hands down. I want to be her.

  • Andrew

    ABSOLUTELY Karolina Kurkova. Everything about that dress is flawless. I would say Suki Waterhouse, who also looked stunning, but her poor breasts were just not supported by that gown. Karolina wins.

  • Johanna

    So hard to choose… but I’ll go with a tie between Lupita N’yongo and Florence Welch…love that butterfly coat!

  • Rae

    Dakota Johnson took it for me, but I also loved Emma Stone & Anne Hathaway. And weirdly, the Olson sisters. They somehow manage to pull off looks that most people would look ridiculous in.

  • marie a

    Suki Waterhouse, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Beyonce!

  • Michele Hanash

    Anne Hathaway

  • http://thehippiewhim.blogspot.it/ Samy

    Love Victoria Beckham and Blake Lively looks!

    Pls take a look @ http://thehippiewhim.blogspot.it/

    XO
    S.

  • Laura Mitchell

    LIU WEN

  • her

    Dree Hemingway, Bey, Karolina, Suki, and emma!

  • Harriet

    Purleaaaase can we talk about Lupita??

  • kerr_eh

    dree. but also georgina may jagger who’s missing here!
    however i feel that in general most people missed the theme. what really was the theme?

  • RJT

    I loved Ann Hathaway, Victoria Beckham and Jessica Paré. And Frank Ocean for men! & props to Liu Wen for just going all the way with that giant gown, even if I didn’t love it.

  • Darcy

    Liu Wen was not only the best dressed, she aced the Charles James theme. Benedict Cumberbatch looked fantastic too.

  • Rosaly

    I’m starting to become slightly obsessed with Nicole Richie. New girl crush alert! As Paris would have said, “Thats Hot”

  • Cindyginparis

    My two favs were Suki & Charlize Theron, the best 2, & 1 of the Olsen’s, the rest were just eh!

  • laura

    Dree and Brie look delicious.

  • http://good-woman.tumblr.com Nicole Dorise

    Where’s Anna Kendrick? To me, she was perfection. Best dressed next to Emma Stone. Dita von Teese also looked flawless as usual, but who doesn’t in Zac Posen?

  • AS

    I think there are plenty of names that could fill my best dressed list, but of them all i’m super in love with the Givenchy Couture Naomi Watts wore! Amaaaazing dress

  • Warmleatherette

    cara cara cara…..emma emma emma…..and please victoria beckham, stop posing with the crippled hip.

  • Sarah Nesbitt Artecona

    SJP and the twins.

  • Guillaume

    Dita Von Teese was the best dressed for me

  • Anna

    CHLOE GRACE MORETZ!!!!!!!!!!! Also Lena, Stella, Tay Swift, Florence, and Gisele.

  • Fiona Flanagan

    here we go.. Yonce’s headpiece, Nicole Richie’s hair, Cara Delevigne’s top but in the color of Emma Stone’s top, Rihanna’s skirt in black (to match the headpiece, duh), Joan Small’s lip color, A$AP Rocky’s grill, Johnny Depp’s cane, Julie Macklowe’s clutch (baller!), Georgia May Jagger’s shoes, and Blake Lively’s arm candy

  • wattamelon123

    Brie Larson. Hands down. then in no particular order: Gisele, Karolina, Kristen Stewart, Arizona Muse, Emmy Rossum, Lauren Santo Domingo. Wish I could find more photos of the non-Hollywood/non-celebrity attendees – Tinseltown crowd always bores me with their ensembles. Zzz…

  • Nikki Lowe

    How do you guys feel about celebs who dont really acknowledge the theme? I cant help but be mad at them! So many amazing dresses that the off-duty-met-ball-judge me would pine over, but I completely disregarded them if they weren’t in line with the whole Charles James thing. I’m even angry at myself.

  • sarah

    Hands down, Amber V, Charlize, and Arizona.

    • sarah

      and a close second to naomi watts, but i think her knees are a bit crinkley under the sheer.but am sure they were divine knees in person.

      • sarah

        and those kardashian/jenner/wests….it hurts, in a bad way.

  • flintabatty

    Lake Bell!

  • Lilli

    Kendall Jenner won best bowdy (body) so! fucking! proportionate!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      seriously what the hell. I would buy that body.

    • Lilli

      But also Suki Waterhouse looked like an 8000 tiered cake than I want a bite of

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    My boyfriend A$AP Rocky and then also Chloe Sevigny I thought looked wonderful.

  • Alexandra Evanson

    Kate Mara in Valentino

  • http://sayyestobadthings.blogspot.com Lauren Connelly

    Stella McCartney did a great job with her looks (RihRih Cara Kate etc) Liked Topshops efforts but a little too gowny? However, I’m not sure I can go past Suki Waterhouses look, what a stunner!

    p.s thought kimmy k did a better job of it this year

    sayyestobadthings.blogspot.com

  • Virgil Kent

    Ya Momz

  • ShopmeRoma

    i hate to say it but Kim Kardashian (for once) looks very decent in that Lavin dress. Otherwise Anne Hathaway, Nicole Richie and Alexa Chung are my favourites. Katie Holmes: no, no, no

  • krisscross

    Giovanna Battaglia wrapped in D&G flowermadness was by far my favourite!!

  • Alesia

    Let us side note and ask the hard-hitting question: is Zac Posen Dorian Gray, or is Dorian Gray Zac Posen???!?

  • http://bergereinrock.wordpress.com/ Bergère Inrock

    Naomi & Gisele best dresses ! And I love Emma and Anna daring outfits
    http://bergereinrock.wordpress.com/

  • krisscross

    Giovanna Battaglia!!!! flowerpower <3

  • Alina

    oh ah;
    I like Richie in Donna Karen’s silvery transparent cloth gown plus rebellious hair-do,
    the Olsen’s, who never fail picking sewed vintage perfection,
    et Stewart in Chanel: an adorable unusual composition of fabric **

  • Kimberley

    She’s not in the slideshow (!) but Blake Lively was a goddess in Gucci. Unbelievable,

  • JoJo

    Kristin Wiig , Erika Badu, the Olsens, Beyoncé , Naomi Watts wore things that I would love in my closet.

  • Gabe

    Andrew Garfield

  • Emma

    Suki in Burberry was by far the best

  • Anna Kalmbach

    Bad Gal RiRi … why are we debating this

  • Sully Ann

    Suki Waterhouse, Leighton Meester, Emma Stone, Dakota Johnson, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Allison Williams <3 <3 <3

  • Lea

    Naomi Watts, Chloe Sevigney, Kirsten Dunst (I hated this look at first but it has really grown on me), Beyonce (naturally), Brie Larson (!!!), Tabitha Simmons, and Stella McCartney.

  • CarleyFrost

    Best Dressed goes to Beyonce and Worst Dressed goes to Nicole Richie. Does anyone else thinks she looks like a troll doll? Ya know, the toys from the 90′s with the purple hair and a jewels for belly buttons?

  • gc

    dita von teese looked amazing. can we talk about rihanna’s abs too. damn.

  • Alaska

    Suki!!!!

  • Emma

    Dree Hemingway and Diane Kruger

  • trisker

    Most interesting looks: 1. Janelle Monae 2. Kirsten Dunst 3. Mary-Kate Olson; Loveliest and still interesting: Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Emmy Rossum

  • Claire

    Absolutely loved Beyonce, Rihanna, Cara and Kate Bosworth’s looks. On the other hand, Lena Dunham and SJ Parker looked like hot-air balloons.

  • Rebecca Arnall

    Florence Welch, once and forever is my spirit animal

  • http://pulpdujour.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    My favorite theme appropriate ones are SJP, Karolina Kurkova, Olsens, Arizona Muse & Liu Wen.

  • Celeste

    The Olsens, Liu Wen, Karolina Kurkova, SJP, KAREN ELSON and I can’t believe I’m saying this but Kim K!!

  • LUCSLOOK

    YES for Namomi, Rihanna, Giselle, Adriana and Queen B !

    greetings from http://lucslook.blogspot.com

  • Celine

    Dree, Brie and Hailee.. haha that rhymes!

  • Diane

    Definitely Kate Bosworth, Gisele Bundchen, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana & Dree Hemingway

  • Erica Rae Deutsch

    emma stone, dree hemingway, diane kruger, arizona muse

  • dorothy

    Haha I was at the Guggenheim that night for a private event! Hanging with a bunch of psychiatrists, not a ball, wishing I was at the Met…

  • http://twopurplebeans.blogspot.com Karalyn Picard

    I love Stella McCartney’s outfit but because it was a ball, I adore Hailee Steinfeld

  • Alex

    1. Dree Hemingway
    2. Cara
    3. Emma Stone

  • Emmanuelle

    Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler

  • Dilbert

    loved chloe grace moretz!

  • Zoe

    Carla DeLevigne in a heartbeat.

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